For almost a generation, New Mobility has been guided by our beloved editor, Tim Gilmer. And now, as he retires, it is time to bid him farewell — although we trust he will not go far from these pages. This issue is dedicated to Tim, from tributes by staff and freelancers to excerpts of a few of his greatest articles.
We rounded up the usual suspects to join us in sharing a word for the man who made us all look our best.
FROM THE BULLY PULPIT
How can such a small column have such a large impact? Perhaps because Tim Gilmer’s formula is one part heart, one part soul, and two parts authenticity.
STOP THE PRESSES!
In every significant national event, wheelchair users are involved. Tim Gilmer and Josie Byzek reflect on how New Mobility tells our stories.
LIFESTYLES OF THE WHEELED AND FAMOUS
Here are excerpts from three of Tim Gilmer’s many profiles of well-known wheelers.
AN ANNOTATED MEDICAL COMPENDIUM
Seth McBride captures and collates Tim Gilmer’s most useful health-related articles.
ERIC HOWK. THE MAN
Eric Howk just won a Grammy. His band, Portugal. The Man, has two of the biggest hits of the year. And he is living his dream touring the world and playing guitar. IAN RUDER sat down with Howk to find out what it’s like being one of the most visible wheelchair-using musicians in the world, what life is like on the road and what went on behind the scenes at the Grammys.
ISS PRODUCT ROUNDUP
The 2018 International Seating Symposium is history, but Bob Vogel scouted out the greatest innovations in mobility and seating so you won’t miss anything.
ROLLING WITH DAD
Her father’s broken leg provided Teal Sherer a unique opportunity to spend time together as wheelchair users and to reflect on their relationship.
Ellen Stohl shares how the regular gatherings of her closest friends have helped sustain her and educate them about living with a disability.
EXPLORING YELLOWSTONE & GRAND TETON
Ian Ruder wore out the tires on his power chair to see how Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks rate when it comes to accessibility. He left wanting more of the beauty, more of the serenity and — bummer — better access. Matt Keenan shares tips on how you can make the most of your next camping trip, whether you go to Wyoming or elsewhere.
ROLL ON CAPITOL HILL
Thanks to United Spinal’s growing chapter network and advocacy, the seventh annual Roll on Capitol Hill is poised to be the most successful yet. Seth McBride reports.
DANCE, DANCE, DANCE
Acclaimed dancer and choreographer Alice Sheppard dreamed about dancing on a giant ramp, so she built one for her new show, DESCENT. By Josie Byzek.
ALL ACCESS SAILING
With its unique universal design, the Impossible Dream has fulfilled thousands of dreams on the open sea. Bob Vogel treats us to his adventure.
THE FUTURE’S SMARTCHAIRS ARE HERE
What if your wheelchair could tell you when it was going to need maintenance or when you needed a pressure release? Or what if it could drive you from point to point without you having to steer? Bob Vogel says the time is now. Also, Elizabeth Jameson and Catherine Monahon ask, why can’t we have wheelchairs that are both functional and beautiful?
Paralympian Seth McBride shares how and why wheelchair users should keep tabs on their metabolism.
CREATING A SAFE SPACE
Kate Matelan reports on how Van Brooks’ nonprofit, SAFE Alternative Foundation for Education, is transforming
his Baltimore community.
Technology is transforming work, and for wheelchair users willing to take advantage, REVECA TORRES finds there are more opportunities available than ever.
Spring is almost here and there’s no better time to start planning and planting your dream garden. Whether indoors, outdoors or upside down — flowers, foliage or food-focused — the options are plentiful. Paula Larson talks with all types of gardeners about best strategies and tools to guarantee your horticultural success, and Tim Gilmer adds his love of gardening into the mix.
HOLY ROLLING IN ISRAEL
Accessible travel expert Cory Lee has been all over the world. Find out how Israel rates on access and why it is his favorite destination.
WALKER TO WHEELER
Heidi Johnson-Wright chronicles her life in the odd limbo between being able to walk and using a wheelchair.
FAMILIES LIKE OURS
What happens when four families with high-level quad dads meet in person for the first time? Kristen Sachs and Kenny Salvini capture the special gathering.
SEX, WHEELS & RELATIONSHIPS
Regan Linton profiles four couples we love, who speak candidly about their relationships in and out of the bedroom. An excerpt from Ben Mattlin’s new book digs into the dynamics of “inter-abled” relationships, Veronica Skye shares an intimate look at how she hid her colostomy from people she dated for half her life before finally opening up about it, and Mitch Tepper has fun checking out the latest in adaptive sex toys.
The 2017 hurricane season upended hundreds of thousands of lives. Cindy Otis reports on United Spinal’s relief efforts for those with disabilities.
AN OTTER’S LIFE
Curious about Christiaan “Otter” Bailey’s nickname? The humanitarian work of the world-class adaptive surfer/skater may be an even better story. By Seth McBride.
If you’re looking to find your artistic inspiration in a peaceful setting, Mark Braunstein may have the answer for you (and its free!).
PEOPLE OF THE YEAR
Alex Elegudin and Yannick Benjamin met in rehab 15 years ago and forged a bond over a commitment to improve support systems for people with SCI. With innovative programs and services, their nonprofit, Wheeling Forward, has done just that for thousands. Seth McBride shows how their distinct styles complement each other and how their selfless approach has built a tight-knit New York community.
A PASSION FOR ART
Richard Bell didn’t discover his passion for art until after his SCI, and Jenni Gold reports he is not wasting any time making the most of it.
THE OGO IS HERE
Fast, responsive, fun — and a little dangerous. Bob Vogel checks out the Ogo and other Segway modifications offering wheelers new mobility options.
THE ADOPTION OPTION
Brigham Fordham shares the highs and lows of going through the adoption process twice, and why you shouldn’t let a spinal cord injury stop you.